Author Archives: Ben Nuckols

  • Feds: DC Mayor Knew of Illegal Shadow Campaign

    (Updated 3/10/2014) WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray knew about an off-the-books "shadow campaign" to support his 2010 bid for the office and personally requested the funds from an influential district businessman, federal prosecutors said Monday. Gray, ...

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  • DC Council decriminalizes pot possession

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Possession of less than one ounce of marijuana would no longer be a criminal offense in the nation's capital under a bill approved Tuesday by the D.C. Council. If the bill becomes law as expected, the District of Columbia would join the 17 states that have ...

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  • Watered-down pot decriminalization advances in DC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia lawmakers took a long-awaited first step Tuesday toward decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, but not before watering down the bill to maintain criminal penalties for smoking in public. In the first of two votes on the bill, the ...

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  • D.C. Council sends minimum wage hike to mayor

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Council has given final approval to raising the city's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2016. Tuesday's vote was a formality, with the council already having approved the minimum wage hike unanimously. The bill now goes to Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray ...

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  • D.C. Council Unanimously Approves Minimum Wage Hike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Council voted unanimously Dec. 3 to increase the District of Columbia's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, one of the nation's highest. The vote by the 13-member council follows a national trend in which localities and states are addressing the minimum wage ...

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  • Gallaudet Reinstates Official

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's leading university for the deaf and hard of hearing has reinstated its chief diversity officer, who was suspended for three months after signing a petition circulated by opponents of gay marriage in Maryland. Gallaudet University president T. Alan ...

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  • Judge Imposes Curfew on Kwame Brown

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge placed former D.C. Council chairman Kwame Brown under curfew Oct. 9 and ordered him to make weekly visits with court officials as he awaits sentencing on a bank fraud charge. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon toughened the conditions of Brown's release ...

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  • Aide to Gray’s 2010 Bid Admits Shadow Campaign

    WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray was elected in 2010 with the aid of $650,000 in illicit funds from a city businessman, a Gray campaign consultant acknowledged in federal court Tuesday. Eugenia "Jeanne" Clarke Harris's guilty plea confirmed that ...

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  • Mendelson to lead scandal-plagued DC Council

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The scandal-plagued D.C. Council has selected veteran legislator Phil Mendelson as its interim chairman. Mendelson replaces Kwame Brown, who pleaded guilty to bank fraud last week and resigned. Brown was the second councilmember to leave office in disgrace this year. The ...

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  • Panettiere Honored for DC Statehood Advocacy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Actress Hayden Panettiere was born and raised in upstate New York, lives in Los Angeles and has no roots in the nation's capital. But she's passionate about securing full representation in Congress for District of Columbia residents. That's what led ...

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